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Students create fire safety videos for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

03 October 2012

Students starting their university life in North Wales are being given fire safety advice courtesy of a series of videos created by young actors at Glyndŵr University.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service commissioned the group of theatre and performance students to produce the short clips, which have been posted to its YouTube page.

Each of the student safety videos feature fictional stories based on different safe safety themes – each with a hard-hitting message.

These include Miss Flame 1963, a spoof chat show which features guests with burns caused by fires, and Seven Deadly Sins, where clips focusing on seven different actions including gluttony, lust and avarice reinforce the fire service’s ‘Get Out, Stay Out’ message.

Students delivered the project from scratch, devising their own story ideas and then scripting, storyboarding and acting them out.

Filming and editing was led by anotherGlyndŵrUniversitystudent, Chris Mungovan, who studies creative lens media.

Elen Mai Nefydd, senior lecturer in theatre and performance, said: “We work with external organisations constantly to provide our students with real-life projects and this is the latest one.

“North Wales Fire Service wanted to do something a little bit different to promote fire safety to freshers’ students and they approached us to see if we wanted to be involved.

“They were originally only going to pick one of the five videos to use in their publicity but they liked them so much they decided to go with all of them.

“The success of the project was really down to the hard work of the students and it’s another example of how theatre and performance skills can be useful for so many different settings.

Gareth Griffiths, Senior Fire Safety Manager for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “We’re thrilled to be working with students from Glyndŵr University and were very impressed by the standard of their work.

“It’s important that students understand the importance of staying safe while having fun – and by working with Glyndŵr to create these short, quirky videos we hope our potentially life-saving messages will really hit home.”

The five videos are being used in a North Wales Fire and Rescue Service Facebook competition where viewers are being encouraged to ‘like’ their favourite – one ‘liker’ will win a brand new Kindle.

To view the videos and enter the competition visit www.facebook/northwalesfireservice or alternatively visit www.youtube.com/nwalesfireservice.

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